From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–Imaginative Eddie can't be bothered to learn how to tie his shoes; he's too busy deep-sea diving, exploring caves, and galloping across the plains, all with his shoelaces flopping around his feet. However, when he and his friend Clara encounter a make-believe foe that only a good tight knot will conquer, he rises to the occasion and learns how it's done. Gebhard's fanciful illustrations show each of the boy's imagined scenarios, along with a few details that tie the scene to day-to-day life. For example, the child flies through outer space in a cardboard box with a colander perched on his head and tames tigers with a hula hoop. The author includes step-by-step visual instructions on how to tie shoes that may require adult assistance in order to make sense to young readers. An upbeat look at conquering one of childhood's milestones. –Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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PreS-Gr. 1. When Eddie's mother offers to show him how to tie his shoelaces, he says, "I don't have time." He does
have time, though, for imaginary adventures such as diving to a sunken ship, exploring a cave, and traveling through space. Finally, he attempts to save his neighbor from a two-tailed monster. He could easily tie the monster's tails to a tree, but . . . first a quick trip back to Mom for a quick lesson in shoelace tying. This picture book, originally published in Germany, has plenty of universal child appeal, from the down-to-earth problem of not knowing how to tie shoelaces to the high-flying fantasies of Eddie's imagination. The text is relatively brief, but the story comes through in the engaging, cartoonlike ink drawings, washed with bright colors. For kids who need a little practical motivation for learning to tie, this upbeat picture book provides the fun of an absurd reason as well as step-by-step, illustrated instructions. Great for children ready to venture beyond Velcro. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved